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>> petro poroshenko has been effectively named president. a eunt ukraine but the country -- remains far from united. dave luce is in donetske, dana cmple there seems to be a bit of a disconnect. how can ploangs be promising when there's an oan going issue at the airport in donetske? >> clearly mr. poroshenko, talking at a new conference today, going on and on and wanting to end the violence and having plans to end the violence, beefing up the military, but in the same
breath, he says he is not going to negotiate with terrorists. armed in eastern ukraine, it seems to set the stage for avery long drawn-out conflict here. if there's any doubt a war is being fought in eastern ukraine, that quickly veape evaporated t. ukrainians brought out the heavy dpuns. gawns. fought back with their own heavy weapons. in kyiv there was an angry response from ukraine's new president-elect, billionaire petro poroshenko. he launched his own verbal assault on armed separatists comparing them to somali pirates. >> just like smali pirates. som.
>> he then said he would meet the russians in mid june to discuss the east and also the annexation of crimea which he called fevered. in russia, russian foreign minister sergey lavrov warned against ftc. >> people here who fought for a new president say they're not about to go anywhere until they see some progress. with demonstrators on the square and russian separatists in the east, poroshenko has won a
presidency but he natures a country being torn -- he inherits a country being torn apart. tony, sometime in mid june, he expected that the talks to be brokered, that the united states and the european union should be at the table. the ukrainians think that should be at their advantage to keep the pressure on are the russians. it does seem from the news conference today that poroshenko will hold the line and insist on the united states being involved in those talks in mid june should they take place then. >> dana, good to see you. secretary of state john kerry made a statement, the ukrainian people want to live in
a united, democratic and peaceful ukraine. at 6:30, we'll see what sets poroshenko apart from yanukovych. president obama visited arlington national cemetery for memorial day events. he laid a wreath on the tomb of the unknowns. he remembered those who had been lost. >> here today at arlington, we pay tribute to the nearly 2200 american pai patriots who made e ultimate sacrifice in afghanistan. and we will honor them always. >> more than 6500 service men and women have died in iraq and afghanistan. mike viqueria is in wash fo wasn for us and mike, president obama paid a surprise visit to troops
in afghanistan. tell us about that. >> returning from the surprise trip to afghanistan. and appearing just a few hours later at arlington. his first in two years and fourth overall. arriving at kabul, at the dawn hour. first of all that bsa, that status of forces agreement that's being negotiated, hamid karzai on his way out, had put his finger in the eye of the government time and time again. karzai wouldn't sign it. let's wait for the elections in afghanistan. the first round has happened, down to two people in a runoff. a good thing, both of the
candidates said they will.sign it. and to that end now, the president will have a major address at west point at the u.s. military academy and white house officials are hinting that he might go ahead with what is shaping up in afghanistan. since the 2012 campaign and time and time since then, american combat forces are going to be pulled out by the end of this year. >> tell us more about the events to honor america's veterans in washington. >> indeed. you mentioned the tomb of the unknown soldier. this is what president obama has done every memorial day, virtually every president visits arlington for memorial day. very somber but memorable. it had a somber vibe to it. the president spoke very poignantly about a widow in
korea who waited 63 years for her husband's remains to come home. president invoking not only world war two but world war i and korea and where the dead from iraq and afghanistan were interred. he talked about the scandal that has engulfed his administration. here is what he had to say. >> here on these hallowed ground, the families who stand by them, that the troops will have the resources thee need to do their job, that our nation will never stop searching for those who have gone missing or held as prisoners of war. that as we have been reminded in recent days, we must do better to give our veterans the
opportunities they have earned and they reserved. >> that speech being a rebuttal to all the criticism that president obama has gotten in syria ukraine and elsewhere. >> i asked michelle goodwin, a veteran. >> a lot of my memories have resurfaced. there are the things i still cannot remember about my time there. >> really. >> there are things i had to redefine for my own mental health and survival. coming back here in the conundrum in trying to become a united states citizen again. and to be honest, i haven't felt like a u.s. citizen in 11 years. >> consume? >> i have not felt like a u.s.
citizen in 11 years. >> explain that. >> since my return. a great deal of what the united states and its citizens sees of wawwar is not necessarily the we account of war for men and women -- >> a stripped down sanitized version, what you're saying -- >> i do, there is so much more to war that people will never understand unless you have been involved in it. >> how does that connect to you not feeling like an american citizen? >> because when you realize that the opinions of american citizens and towards veterans and there's this incredible stream of either your being a hero or -- >> thank you for your service, thank you for your service, thank you for your service. >> yes, it becomes very empty. i can't speak for any other service person, i can only peek for michelle goodwin..
>> plans minutes before the massacre, in isla vista. students have been leaving candles flowers and messages. he killed six, before turning the gun on himself. another 13 were injured. a father states. >> chris died because of craven politicians and nra. they talk about gun rights. what about chris's right to live? when will this insanity stop? when will enough people say, "stop this madness! we don't have to live like this! too many have died!" we should say to ourselves, not
one more! >> brian rooney joins us from isla vista, not far from santa barbara. how would you describe the atmosphere there? >> the atmosphere is both normal and abnormal at the same time. we are in the area near the campus. people are going by on skateboards and bicycles. yet the spontaneous memorial behind me where one of the victims was shot and killed seems to be growing by the hour. so they're living their lives and mourning at the same time. we talked to several students and to the local priest whose parish is right in the middle of the students area. >> you hear about this happening at other schools and you never expect it to happen at your school until it does. >> most young people never think they're going to die. they've oftentimes never really experienced a brush with death. and this, for many, is their
first trauma of this sort. >> father love said that, he advised that people who saw what happened that night or had some close experience with it get their story out and talk about it. and not let it just linger and be silent about it. >> brian, this is in essence a college town. does this have the potential to change student life there? >> this is a very unusual college area. it is maybe ten, 15 square blocks, pretty much all students. and they've had incidents here over the years. a drunk student drove into a crowd. they have parties that fill the streets that have sometimes turned violent. so it's been suggested to me that this could in some way be a turning point in the university's recipient with isla vista. the university is a few blocks away but this is all private ground. it's been sorted out but this
could change life here. we're not sure exactly how that might happen. >> brian rooney in isla vista. the shooter was able to buy three handguns legally. melissa chan tells us, this reignites the are comparison against guns. >> reporter: elliot rodger posted disturbing videos on youtube. >> you denied me. >> rodger reportedly wrote about that visit. "i had the striking and devastating fear that someone had somehow discovered what i was planning to do and reported me for it. if that was the case, the police would have searched my room, found all of my guns and weapons, along with my writings
about what i planned to do with them. we now know rodger had legally bought three handguns. >> if a person has not been institutionalized or not been taken against will and put on a hold, that information is not entered into a database and is not disqualifying information for someone purchasing a firearm. >> rodger would have had to be a threat to hymns or to others. to be held for a short time. according to california law, mental illness is not a reason to detain someone or deter them from purchasing a weapon. a small handful of them might go on a shooting spree. >> there's no way to predict this and their mea immediacy, te truth of the matter is as sad as
it pay sound, these are rare occurrences. even though they are catastrophic occurrences. and there's no way to study them. and to predict them with any accuracy. >> reporter: but every since the 2012 sandy hook shooting, the national rifle association has being maintain that a pers person's mental healthy care is the best of way. >> how many, our nation's refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill? >> reporter: gun control proponents including the most impassioned advocate at the moment, the father of christopher martinez, the student killed in this weekend apsd attack. >> -- week's attack. >> just because i'm emotional doesn't mean imirrational.
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tell you. he also mentioned those are the areas where the girls are being held captive, added we can't kill these girls, in the name of getting them back. this will comfort the families, if the hundreds of thousands if not millions of nigerians, who are concerned about these girls abducted way back in april. the military, not saying where these girls are will create some sort of anxiety. this is first time that they have a sense of where the girls may be. they've not given any more details than that. and we hope to get more details from them in the coming hours and potentially coming days. >> okay so yvonne, follow me on this one. we've been getting as you know some misleading information from time to time from the government so far on this story. what sort of faith do we have
about today's information and its accuracy? >> well, tony, the government would disagree, they would say the information is not misleading. they say there is different information involved since these girls -- >> all right, we lost yvonne on that one. my apologizes. yvonne ndege, reporting from nigeria. >> one of the world's most dynamic economies. sohil ramaan reports from new delhi. >> i, narendra modi, do square that i will pay true faith and.
>> day began early for modi. his first task was to visit the site where independence leader ma hath mhatma be gandhi was in. >> personnel protecting the area around the presidential palace where the ceremony took place. special commandos, bomb disposal troops, were some of the precautions in place. representatives from all of the neighboring states, including the prime minister of pakistan, mohamed sharif. but there was also controversy. protesters from surrounding states, boycotted.
tamal leaders here, accuse, as a gesture of goodwill can the pakistan and sri lankan governments promised to release detained are fishermen and their boats. exceptional by analysts and the public a like, what i want from the modi government in my district is water. we get it once every 15 days. we need water, that's all. >> translator: he needs take care of the underdeveloped states and offer employment to those who need it most. we don't want our educated youngsters leaving the country. >> kick start the economy and encourage it with investment and implement social reform. whether he succeeds will be tested. when state regional elections are held in a few months time.
sahil raman, reported. >> drew, good to have you on the program. let's start here. so indian prime minister, narendra modi, invites nawwa sharif. is this a sienl o -- sign of a l thathaw? >> this one is quite remarkable, it has a higher international profile, narendra modi's government took the unusual step even before the oath ceremony, of inviting leaders from surrounding companies. a new break through if you will and first time an indian or
pakistani leader that is come to the oath taking ceremony. it does represent a setting of a new tone. there were many concerns within pakistan of what narendra modi might herald. it sets a positive tone. >> those two men are set to have bbilateral talks. what do you think from those conversations? >> this is really just a chance for the two leaders to know one another. >> to get comfortable with one another? >> to get comfortable, exactly. just today narendra modi on twitter said he had a conversation that was quite emotional, he with sharif, pearnapparently shafer, sharif s
an emotional moment for himself. >> interesting. >> both of them have mandates, i don't think we should be expecting any break throughs in the immediate future but it does set a direction ahead. >> when you think of the areas there would need to be cooperation, i'm thinking on terror issues, the mumbai attacks obviously come to mind, kashmir, do you think over time these two gentlemen can begin to, if not bridge those differences, at least understand one another better on these issues? >> actually, where they do seem to see eye to eye in terms of their public rhetoric, both of them have campaigned on a pro-business platform and both have spoken about the importance of greater commercial and trade
linkages between india and pakistan. it remains to be seen whether they can capitalize on this. pakistan has been making attempts in the past few months to recognize most favored nation status for india, which would be normalized trade relations between the two countries. which seems to have been hung up. there seems to be suspicions remaining in india, the previous bjp governmental the party that mr. modi belonged to made some leaks in the 1990s when sharif was prime minister earlier. that ended up being the cargo war, seems to have been affected by sharif's military commanders without his knowledge. suspicion in india, despite forward movement with noa sharif. >> that seems to be pakistani
luhansk and eastern ukraine declared independence after referendums a few weeks ago. daunting task facing petro poroshenko. it is good to see you i haven't seen you for a while, thanks for being on the program. >> thank you, thank you. >> so the president elect, petro poroshenko is from the same party as the out offed president viktor yanukovych. what makes him different? >> he is the consummate political chameleon and politician. he served in the cabinet of viktor uchenka, in the orange revolution in twown. 2004. i think that reflects an ability to compromise. on the other hand, maybe it reflects the degree to which people can trust him. >> he has to walk this very
delicate line doesn't he, the line, where he needs to improve the security situation in his country. will he be able to square that circle? >> that remains to be he be seen. if they are going to put ukraine back together again in any meaningful sense, i think the bigger challenge will be as we saw on the introduction, what he does with respect to the east, particularity luhansk and donetske. does he sit down and negotiate with these people over decentralization if not federalization of the country, the status of the russian language, a neutral status for ukraine and so forth. >> i got to ask you, it's been a while since you've been on the program. in previous conversations this was during the period when the independence square was essentially ablaze, right, in
conflict. you were quick to remind us that the west should be careful about embracing what was going on there at the square and some of the elements that were a part of that movement. i'm wondering now, what you think about what has happened in the east of the country? and some of the groups author -- the pro-russian groups that have formed and are battling essentially kyiv. >> that's one of the problems when you break something like this, you break what was already a fragile state and you show that political power is available at the point of a gun or the end of a club. and then it encourages other people with their own agendas to say well if you can do it, we can do it. and i think that's largely what's happened in the east. that the people who look at the folks from the western part of the country that they don't trust. that they say well if you can grab power there, we can grab power here, if you don't like
it, i'll shoot you or hit you on the head with the club. let's not forget, those people in kyiv are still there. another problem fo for mr. poroshenko, if he are tries to compromise, will he face a maidan 3? >> russia's president vladimir putin, what do you think about him, whether he will support or keep an open mind when it comes to ukraine's president-elect? >> he said he would respect the results of the vote which is also the expression he used with respect to the referendum two weeks ago in luhansk and donetske. i think he's being very careful, if you want to negotiate with us fine. one thing high on moscow's agenda is, where is our money? i think that question is going to come down no matter which way ukraine goes. because somebody is going to have to start paying some bills
around here. >> james jatris is an ambassador of the american institute in ukraine. good to talk to you again jairms. >> thank you. >> jeechegyptians are casting vs again, now the babd muslim brotherhood, resettle the entire process. the economy has failed to recover since 2011. many support the front runner abdel fatah al-sisi. >> this time, there are only two contenders. the front runner is again a military strongman. former defense minister abdel
fatah al-sisi. >> the egyptians are coming down to where you the history and plan for their future. all the world is watching. >> reporter: the only other candidate for president is hamdin sobahi. who came in third in the 2012 election. >> i'm very proud of the young people in my campaign. i think they are the real heroes. >> reporter: there's also been a number of protests on polling day like in the hakim suburb of giza. a center for public opinion research suggests 12% of the more than 50 million people eligible to vote will boycott the election. a large portion are supporters of the outlawed muslim brotherhood. and feel al-sisi would move egypt back to military rule. security is a concern. there have been a number of attacks in the last few months
against institutions including cairo university. goal of encouraging people to come out and vote. >> str we want security for the country. we don't want protests. all the young people calling for protests can wait until the country gets on its feet and the security and the poor people are able to make a living. >> reporter: the european union has also sent 150 observers to oversee the election. the voting will take place over two days and turnout will be a good indicator how much support there is for sisi. research shows that over 50% of egyptians support him. not sure how many will be reflected in votes. carr lyon malone, al jazeera. >> parliament sceets are -- seats are going to anti-eu
parties. meeting tournament to discuss the future of the european union. voters are considering a change in direction of their own. there was no clear winner in yesterday's presidential election so colombia will hold a runoff in two weeks time. lucia newman has the report. >> appealing to colemanians who did -- colombians. but if oscar ivan solada is the winner, he is willing to negotiate with park rebels but only, that the farc leaders whom he calls terrorists accept prison terms of at least six years. now there's a lot more at stake than just the peace talks here. if solaga were to win, this
would affect neighbors ec war doecuadorand venezuela. (f). >> stay off the streets general priat ch areanocha, told protesters to keep quiet. he says mass rallies could start riots. symbolic and necessary gesture even though he does not have any actual power. in china, state media say over 200 have been arrested during demonstrations this weekend. since beijing announce a crack down on suspected separatists,
and thousands of migrants looking for work use yemen as a gateway into saudi arabia. but human rights advocates say they fall prey to extortionists. hashhim habar reports, a warning, you might find some images in his report disturbing. >> this is a detention center run by human traffickers, moments after it was raided by police, by the time they arrived, this man was already dead. he was tortured and starved for weeks. the migrants mostly from ethiopia are treated like slaves. their legs are shackled and their bodies show signs of torture. they land on the shore of yemen,
hoping for a better life in saudi arabia. but their dreams have become a nightmare. those who can convince their relatives to pay a ransom are set free. those who cannot, suffer the worse kind of abuse. in the trafficker's house there is a lot of hitting and kicking. i saw a man' man's eyes being gd out with a water bottle. >> secret detention centers like these are on the rise, tribesmen make huge profits out of extortion. this video was filmed a few months ago but the bution still continues. -- abuse still continues. widespread wus of earchg migrants. >> the real problem that we document in this being is in turn a blind eye and allow them
to continue functioning as traffickers. >> reporter: this is a detention center run by yemen's immigration department in the capital. it can accommodate 200 migrants. today there are about 700. during peak times when the seas are calm that number climbs to almost 2,000 migrants. >> translator: do you see any signs of mistreatment here? we are doing our best. we consider them guests. i'm not saying there is no case of abuse in the coastal areas. traffickers use money to bribe officers and that happens everywhere in the world. >> reporter: some of these migrants say they were beaten and their money taken away by bandits. for now, they say they will stay here. some get a refugee status, others wait for ngos to pay for their ticket back home.
>> huge risks but migrants face in yemen, they have no choice but to get to saudi arabia or other rich imufl countries in the hope of -- gulf countries in the hope of starting a new life. al jazeera. >> roxana saberi is here, other stories making news. >> wildfire is covering two of 50 square miles, south of anchorage. alaska state troopers are going door to door evacuating an area that's home to many retirees and vacation homeowners. unusually warm and dry weather is fueling the fire. crews are also fighting to contain a wildfire in northern arizona, building three miles of protection lines to keep the flames from nearby communities. fire started on tuesday in a scenic area between sedona and
flag. the firflagstaff. this is about 25% contained. people living within two miles of the fire near the canadian border, crews were able to cut off the gas supply that was needing the fire. a climber is recovering, fell into a pit in the mt. hood volcano on saturday. he suffered minor injuries including a fractured leg. in pennsylvania, one group is challenging the idea that funerals are only for people. a run down house in philadelphia will enjoy a festive funeral before it is knocked down on saturday. >> what? >> yes, it's a strange story tony. the temple university project
honest philadelphia's neighborhood. this house was occupied since about 1900 but for the past few months it's sat empty. >> okay, all right roxann, appreciate it. still to come on al jazeera america. as pope francis finishes his visit of the holy land, vandals set fire to the area he just visited. later, symbolic walk for loved ones who have died in wars. wars.
america mobile app, available for your apple and android mobile device. download it now >> pope francis is wrapping up his three day visit to the holy land, what he called a pilgrimage for peace. we are now hearing about a fire deliberately set, soon after the pope left his last stop. we'll get a report from nick schifrin. but the pope is getting pretty
big news on a statement about the sexual abuse many scabled that continues to -- scandal that continues to rock the catholic church. >> this comes from the papal plane. from here and israel to home in roam. he said that he would meet with victims of sexual abuse next month, that is a first in his papacy. he also said that three bishops were under investigation by the vatican for abuse related reasons. this is another example of him reaching out to the buzzed, the victims, he reached out to yrn are refugees there, and cp it's from syrian victims.
>> at his final appearance, pope francis prayed for victims. a vandal responded to the pope's appeal with arson. police say a man with a pony tail browk into a church -- broke into a church and used a candle. >> you can smell the smoke and can you see how many fire extinguishers officials needed to defend the fireplace this comes on aday when pope francis was appealing for empathy and trying to demonstrate sympathy with the suffering across the region. that appeal started this morning at a memorial dedicated to in his words an evil that's never been seen before.
francis lit an eternal flame in the holocaust museum, never before, he said, are man was capable of doing. responding to israeli requests francis visited the pillars of the state. unlike his predecessors he was willing to honor the forefather of israel. >> pope francis is the friend of the jewish people. >> prime minister benjamin netanyahu. netanyahu scheduled this visit in direct response to yesterday's prayer on the separation wall. israel says it provides security. this pope wanted this visit to be about bridges. the prime minister priement used it to -- priement use prime min.
>> we have to build a wall against those who are own the other side. >> reporter: terrorism he says is fundamentally criminal. he brought his call to an end to violence to jerusalem's are contested old city. he took off his shoes, he went off script to call muslims brothers. learn to understand the suffering of others, he says, may no one abuse the name of god through violence. and at the holiest site for je jews francis. for three days pope francis called for and tried to demonstrate understanding. at least one person wasn't listening. before he came here, the vatican
promised that the pope was just a pilgrim, that he didn't want to talk about politics. but tony when you come here to the middle east, the desire to pray often ends with politics. >> it just does, 96. so i'm wondering does vatican consider this a successful trip? >> yeah, i mean i think a lot of popes, the pope's aide that we spoke to, and the pope himself, seemed to be surprised about their willingness to wade into politician so directly. inviting to pray for peace to talk about mirrored east peace, that's really unprecedented for pope to do. we asked his spokesman, father lombardi, about all this going on didn't he think it was actually possible to bring peace, he said, all we can do is
pray, ask god to help us, and if that hug that the pope had with the rabbi and the sheik outside the western wall, that's what the vatican to be the final iconic image of this trip. >> nick, appreciate it and next up on al jazeera america, a unique remembrance of those who died in war. and the heavy loss it's brought to families.
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>> search and rescue teams from messa county, colorado are looking for at least three people missing. to look for a mudslide when there was an actual mudslide in colbrin, saturday evening, massive slide was listen to this, two miles wide, four miles long and 250 feet deep. there are no reports of structural damages. officials believe recent rains certainly contributed to this. let's get to kevin.
>> tony, last week we talked about the hail, the tornadoes, this week, the rain. this is one of the storms just to the west of colorado. actually into denver, i meant to say. these are the storms. when i put these into motion they don't look particularly strong but they were just enough rain in this area to the west to drop anywhere from 1 to three inches. and of course in this particular area we are talking about those river valleys where the rain will accumulate and push down through. this is the look at col burn right there, denver to the east, i want to show you the area we are talking about as we go into this area, here is the little town of colburn, about 700 people live in that region. the landslide was little bit more to the east just between them and their reservoir. so yes, this is one of the most isolated slots. the good news is we're not exg
expecting a lot of rain over the next few days. but tornado warnings. the good news is they needed the rain. >> thank you kevin. memorial day is a day america honors those who sacrifice their lives for the nation. some choose to walk. al jazeera america joins those carrying the load in dallas. >> it's a physical grind and emotionallily wrenching. american flags, even a 45 pound fire hose and for every participant in this four-year dallas tradition it's personal. >> that's the least we can do. is try and feel some of the things that they feel every day.
>> for the shubsda family, everything changed in 2002. matt was one of the navy pilots killed. on memorial day, matt's brother drew and close to a dozen family and friends walk. drew carries a 20 pound vest with a picture of matt. when he's done he will have walked 30 hours, sunday afternoon through monday. his family right there with him. >> we think about carrying our burden alone. but when you carry it together, it's a lot easier. >> mary shubsda is carrying the burden too. >> highly emotional, it is a cathartic experience. you see these guys out there maybe missing a limb, carrying heavy packs, walking all night long, just carrying their load
around. and it's just something that we have to do. >> carrying the load for nearly 40 miles like the family is doing is painful but they'll tell you it's nothing compared to the sacrifices of the folks being honored today. >> i can't repay that enough. so just knowing that a little bit of pain for a few moments for one today is the least can i do. you know, i stopped last night about midnight, after a lap and mandy said, do you want to go again at 2:00 a.m? i said i'll see how i feel. i texted mandy, i'm in again, went again for another seven mile loop. >> a shubsda family transition. thinking of another who should be home by thanksgiving.
mark schneider, al jazeera, dallas. >> memorial day in america. that's all of our time for this news hour. i'm tony harris in new york ci city. "reareem "real money with ali"rs next. ne good job, a home for your family, a better future for your children. somewhere along the way, that reality. >> paycheck to paycheck. enough? treadmill. >> to keep middle class families from falling behind. >> people are struggling today. >> their struggle is the story of today's america, a country that counts on those in the middle to lead on the path to prosperity.